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Alignment Before or After New Tires--Does it Matter?
I am going to be switching from run-flats to non-run flats soon. There is slightly more wear on the right side wheels than on the left, probably due to torn bushings and a worn control arm. The Big O Tires where I'm getting the tires from cannot align MINIs, so he is sending me to Network Alignment. Fine.
My question is this: Should I get the tires first and then go to the alignment place for the other work on the bushings and control arm, or should I get that work done first and THEN get the tires.
Does it matter if you get the alignment first when getting new tires, even switching out of run-flats to normal tires?
I have heard arguments on both sides from the garages (Network says it doesn't really matter what order you do it in), but would like to know what you all believe and why.
The timing problem is this: Network doesn't stock MINI parts, so the parts might take a few hours or days to get. So, if I get the tires first, say tomorrow, then see Network, I'll have to drive 50 miles a day back and forth to work on the new tires.
If I get the alignment and the other work done first, and then get the tires, the alignment may be off for the new tires.
If your current "bad" alignment is not too bad, does not sound like it is, 50 miles is not going to hurt the new tires very much.
Better yet, why not go somewhere other than Big O for the tires, someplace that sells tires and does alignments. It would make things easier for you. If you have a written low tire price estimate from Big O, I would bet most other tire shops will match the price.
I use a local tire shop that sells tires and does alignments. They can also do suspension repairs. They will pretty much order any tire I want even if it is a brand they usually do not sale.
If Big O has alignment equipment, I do not know why they cannot align a Mini. Maybe it would be better not to do business with them.
2006 MCS JCW GP #1405: Adj Front Camber Plates, 19mm Rear Sway Bar, MM Front Lower Brace, Milltek Cat-Back, TCE 13" Front/11.75" Rear BBK, 15mm Spacers, Wheel Studs, JCM Modified Intake, MM Filter, Gauges
Big O says they can do most cars, but not Audis, BMWs, or MINIs (most German, higher-end cars). I appreciate their honesty. They are working on getting the modified equipment they need to accomodate these cars, but not for a few months.
I guess my original question really had more to do with the general question of weather it matters or not when you do it. I've had mechanics argue both sides. I just wanted some opinions on which is really true.
If it doesn't really matter, then that frees me and a lot of other people up.
And I went to Discount Tire, and they couldn't do the MINIs either. They send MINI/BMW owners to an alignment shop down the street. lol
IMO, a few hundred miles won't matter one way or the other. Given that alignment is bases on the *wheels* and not the tires, I can't see how changing the tires afterwards would affect anything.
'04 IB/W MCS w/all the goodies, Ian's auto-up/GDO, MMC#I69/MID CURV169; power folding mirrors
"You can't save the world unless you're willing to make other people sacrifice." - Dogbert, via Pendergast
Well, this past Saturday I went ahead and got the tires first, then lower control arm bushings replaced, then the alignment. Worked out great.
The guy at the shop had to go get the bushings from MINI dealer, so he said I might as well go get the tires put on and then come back. Worked out good. It took him a total of 6 hours (I didn't leave the shop 'til 7 p.m.) to do the bushings and alignment (the bushings took a long time), plus tweaking, but they seem good.
Love the new Yokos--quieter and I'm already getting better gas mileage.